President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will hold a joint press briefing with the media on Tuesday to discuss the opioid crisis, a White House official said.
Pence will also host a press briefing later Tuesday afternoon.
A White House source said Pence will “give a brief press briefing on the opioid epidemic and the opioid-related deaths.”
The briefing comes a day after Trump signed an executive order that directs federal agencies to implement an opioid emergency plan to reduce deaths from the opioid drug overdose.
The order also directs states to create a task force to help states combat the drug epidemic.
The opioid crisis has seen more than 2,500 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with an additional 3,000 opioid-dependent people in jail and a federal budget that is projected to reach $2.4 trillion by 2026.
It has also been linked to the rise in opioid use among youth, with one in three high school students now taking opioids at some point during their lives.
“We have to stop this opioid epidemic, which is killing so many people,” Trump said during his inauguration speech on Jan. 20.
“The opioid epidemic has killed thousands of Americans, and we’re going to save lives.
We’re going the right way.”
Trump also pledged to crack down on fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 100 times more powerful than heroin, and urged states to ban prescription opioid pills.